Projects and Initiatives

Current and Ongoing Projects

Wireless Infrastructure Refresh Program (2012)
UIT initiated its Wireless Infrastructure Refresh Program in spring 2012 to support the growth in wireless device density on campus. Working with vendors Meru Networks and InSource Technologies, UIT has identified the critical areas where wireless services were needed, including classrooms, high-density areas, and common areas. Wi-Fi network upgrades are being implemented and additional access points are being installed in those targeted areas.

Microsoft Lync 2010 Deployment (2012)
All ROLM nodes will be decommissioned and migrated to the Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) solution provided by Microsoft Lync 2010. This will be done in three phases.
Under Phase 1, ROLM Node 1 will be decommissioned and the 2,500 customers it services will be migrated to Lync by October 1, 2012. This schedule is necessitated by the demolition and reconstruction of the University Center Underground, which houses ROLM Node 1.
Under Phase 2, ROLM Nodes 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be decommissioned and its customers will be migrated to Lync by 2013. In addition, an online self-service solution will be designed and implemented to process requests made by customers using Cisco devices who wish to be migrated to Lync.
Under Phase 3, remaining customers using Cisco devices will be migrated to Lync.
In all, approximately 10,000 customers will be migrated to Lync.

Departmental IT Best Practices
To direct and implement policy mandated by the Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures (MAPP), executed in 2008 and revised in 2010, that delineates the responsibilities of colleges and divisions to safeguard their data and information technology assets. Further, to provide knowledge and support materials to assist university departments in fulfilling the MAPP requirements.

Retirement of
The system is being retired and all email is being migrated to the UH Exchange system ( All customers will be migrated to the UH Exchange system by the end of 2012. This does not pertain to the College of Business Administration ( and College of Optometry (

Green IT
University of Houston endeavors to curtail impacts on the environment - locally, regionally and globally. University Information Technology will utilize its resources to work toward a more sustainable future.

Previous Projects